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Adaptive semi-Lagrangian schemes for Vlasov equations


This lecture presents a new class of adaptive semi-Lagrangian schemes - based on performing a semi-Lagrangian method on adaptive interpolation grids - in the context of solving Vlasov equations with underlying "smooth" flows, such as the one-dimensional Vlasov-Poisson system. After recalling the main features of the semi-Lagrangian method and its error analysis in a uniform setting, we describe two frameworks for implementing adaptive interpolations, namely multilevel meshes and interpolatory wavelets. For both discretizations, we introduce a notion of good adaptivity to a given function and show that it is preserved by a low-cost prediction algorithm which transports multilevel grids along any "smooth" flow. As a consequence, error estimates are established for the resulting predict and readapt schemes under the essential assumption that the flow underlying the transport equation, as well as its approximation, is a stable diffeomorphism. Some complexity results are stated in addition, together with a conjecture of the convergence rate for the overall adaptive scheme. As for the wavelet case, these results are new and also apply to high-order interpolation.
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hal-00756127 , version 1 (22-11-2012)



Martin Campos Pinto. Adaptive semi-Lagrangian schemes for Vlasov equations. Etienne Emmrich and Petra Wittbold. Analytical and numerical aspects of partial differential equations, de Gruyter, pp.69-114, 2009, 978-3-11-020447-6. ⟨10.1515/9783110212105.69⟩. ⟨hal-00756127⟩
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